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2020 LOUISIANA - January, February & March
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
(see also: 2021  -  2019  -  2017  -  2016)


January 17-18, 2020
Ag Expo 2020
West Monroe, Louisiana
Trade Show – Farm Equipment - Livestock Shows – Educational Events:  The Best of American Agriculture, Producing your food and fiber…safely, efficiently, abundantly!  Hosted by the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council, AG EXPO is unique in the Louisiana, south Arkansas, east Texas and Mississippi area. This premier event is attended annually by 10,000 to 12,000 visitors from the region.  Since the early 1980’s, AG EXPO has provided a means to educate the public, both youth and adult, on the many ways agriculture touches daily lives, from explaining the food chain to the multiple applications of agricultural products. The event introduces advances in technology and science being made for efficiencies in growing, harvesting and marketing all kinds of commodities. Additionally, the agri-business community enjoys a unique opportunity to present products and services. It’s a family event.  Attendance: 12,000.

January 26, 2020  King Cake Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana
Cake Fest is a Cake Competition and Exposition featuring a number of the industry's leading bakers and artists as well as a number of local flavor vendors.

February 1, 2020 - 16th Annual Gumbo Cook Off
Crowley, Louisiana
Come join us in the Rice Capital of the World for a little friendly competition for the title of GUMBO CHAMPION!

February 14, 2020 - VALENTINE'S DAY
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants
in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

February 22-29, 2020  National FFA Week - Nationwide
the week of George Washington's birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.

March 1-3, 2020  COEX 2020 - New Orleans, Louisiana
Chain Operators Exchange (COEX) Conference. Sponsored by the (IFMA) International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.

March 2-6, 2020 - National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.  'Make the Grade with School Breakfast.'

March 7-8, 2020  32nd Annual Spring Pontchartrain Home Show With 'Louisiana Food Fest - Kenner, Louisiana
This year’s show will feature exhibitors who have the latest in kitchens, remodeling, flooring, as well as the latest trends in outdoor living and so much more.  Shop and compare the best prices for everything in your home. Plus the “Certified Louisiana Food Fest”, there will be free samples, tastings, coupons, and recipes from over 30 brands that will be sure to satisfy everyone’s hunger and tastes!  All companies are Certified Louisiana, the products are made, grown and packaged right here in Louisiana!

March 8, 2020  Crawfete - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Official Kickoff To Crawfish Season.  Regional restaurants and caterers will compete for your vote for either the best gourmet crawfish dish or the best-boiled crawfish.  Guests will enjoy crawfish tastings of boiled crawfish and gourmet crawfish dishes from dozens of restaurants and caterers, live entertainment, and also plenty of beer and water, as they decide who wins the 2020 People's Choice awards.


March 11-14, 2020 - Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo
New Orleans, Louisiana
North America’s largest indoor-outdoor living showcase, HPBExpo is where more than 350 leading hearth, patio and barbecue manufacturers and suppliers exhibit and demonstrate their newest innovations, attracting thousands of specialty and mass market retailers and other professionals. Don’t miss this opportunity to get inside the minds of your customers, explore new ways of expanding your business and see what your competition is buying. Strike now while it’s hot and reserve space today.

March 14-15, 2020  11th Annual Bayou Home Show And Cannata’s Festival Of Food - Houma, Louisiana
The Bayou Home Show is Houma’s premier event that features the very best products and services for everything in your home, inside and out. The Bayou Home Show will showcase all of the latest in kitchens, bathrooms, siding, solar products, and more. Shop and compare the right products and the best prices for all of your home improvement needs. With numerous “how to” demonstrations by leading experts you’ll find everything you need to turn your house into your dream home! Plus Cannata’s Food Festival. There will be free samples, tastings, coupons, and recipes from over 40 vendors that will be sure to satisfy everyone’s hunger and tastes, plus exciting new products from all of your favorite supermarket brands. We will also be giving away 1000.00 worth of groceries to one lucky winner.

March 18-22, 2020  New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
New Orleans, Louisiana
Each year, hundreds of wineries and restaurants participate. Menus feature local flavor and innovative new creations inspired by diverse cuisines. Top chefs from around the city create culinary experiences like no other. Over two dozen restaurants feature special dining evenings throughout the New Orleans festival. The weekend also features over 1,000 wines from around the world, with special tasting events from wineries. You can enjoy grand tasting events, promenade evenings in the French Quarter, and seminar series to hone your palate. For the grand finale, attend the gala at the end!  We also care about our community and want to make New Orleans a better place to live. Over the past 25 years, we have raised more than $1.2 million for local non-profit organizations, from food banks to culinary schools.  If you're looking for a culinary getaway, want to rub shoulders with top chefs and winemakers, or simply enjoy the good food and wine, then book your ticket to this year's New Orleans Wine & Food Experience.


March 20-21, 2020
Iowa Rabbit Festival
Iowa, Louisiana
A top 20 festival in the Southeastern United States, attracting over 20,000 people each year. Rabbit Cookoff, Miss Bunny Pageant, Parade, music, carnival, etc. The State Rabbit Show is during the Festival, with over 400 Rabbits competing! Every kind of Rabbit known to man is there. Annually the 3rd Weekend in March.  Attendance: 20,000.

March 21, 2020
Gumbo Gladiators Cook-Off
Shreveport, Louisiana
Gumbo Gladiators is Volunteer for Youth Justice’s annual fundraiser. A perfect day for family fun!! Conveniently located in downtown Shreveport at Festival Plaza. All proceeds go to continuing to help at risk children and families in our local communities.

March 24, 2020
'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize & celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.

March 26-29, 2020
Louisiana Crawfish Festival
Chalmette, Louisiana
The crawfish are being trained for the races and are gnawing at the bit as we patiently await the jockeys to be chosen from the audience. The food vendors are in the check mode for Louisiana Crawfish, fresh veges and all the fixins to make the boil with all the trimmings down right tasty Louisiana style. The entertainers are tuning up for the greatest show on earth and the rides, midway and carnival are shining with all the giltter, horns, bells and whistles. Arts and crafts vendors are designing, assembling and creating as if in Santa's workshop!  It's the perfect venue for famlies, reunions and new acquaintences to welcome in the Crawfish Season and Fair and Festival social events. There's fun for everyone beginning with YOU!!!

March 27-28, 2020  Hammond Smokin' BBQ Challenge
Hammond, Louisiana
This year's event will also feature 50+ local teams competing in the Backyard Boogie and the Chicken Little Contest, making this event the largest BBQ event in the State of Louisiana.

March 28, 2020 - Cajun Chili Fest - Louisiana State Cookoff
Lafayette, Louisiana
This is an official Louisiana CASI chili cooking competition, featuring traveling cooking teams qualifying for the World Chili Championship in Terlingua, Texas, along with local cooking teams. CASI rules apply for the CASI teams, while local teams are invited to participate in an "anything goes chili" competition, with 1st-3rd cash prizes and trophies.  With a Kids Zone, vendors, raffles, and more, this is a family friendly event that benefits Family Promise of Acadiana, a program helping homeless families achieve long-term independence.

2021 LOUISIANA - January, February & March
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

February 4-6, 2021  NAFEM Show 2021 - New Orleans, Louisiana
North American Association of Food Equipment Manfacturers. Come explore a world where the business of foodservice equipment and supplies comes first. An industry utopia for pros like you who face the ongoing challenge of serving others while running a solid, profitable operation. The ideas and products here have the power to refocus your energy on the things that matter – from happy diners to bigger cost savings. Don’t miss 500+ exhibitors, miles of kitchen innovations and priceless connections.

2019 LOUISIANA - January, February & March
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
events waiting for new dates

March 9-10, 2019 - Louisiana Chili Cook-Offs
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs will be held on the LSU campus in front of the John M. Parker Coliseum (Corner of Stadium and Highland Rd) in Baton Rouge. Both of these events are sanctioned by the International Chili Society & By The Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI). These events are hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge, the Knights of Columbus, Catholic radio 1380 WPYR. and 4 The Kids Foundation.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the children at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital which is the second largest children's hospital in Louisiana, touching the lives of 100,000 children last year.  In addition to the Chili Cook-Offs there will be  celebrity judges, music, food, drinks.  Also, the LSU Spring garden show/plant sale, The Baton Rouge Spring Car show will also be held on the 17th.

2017 LOUISIANA - January, February & March 2017
Food Festivals & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

March 26, 2017  32nd Annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off - Eunice, Louisiana
About 100 teams compete to see who can cook the best crawfish etouffee (smothered crawfish usually served with rice). Thousands of visitors come to this annual event to view three categories of cook-off participants. Last Sunday in March each year.

2016 LOUISIANA - January, February & March 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

March 3-5, 2016  Ag Connect Expo 2016 - New Orleans, Louisiana
Now the Commodity Classic convention and trade show.



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